Nipple Discharge Cytology

CPT CODE: 88160

SYNONYMS: Breast discharge cytology, nipple secretions

TEST INCLUDES: Staining of prepared slides with cytologic evaluation.

DEPARTMENT: Cytology

SPECIMEN REQUIREMENT: At least one labeled slide containing expressed discharge material immediately wet-fixed in 95% ethyl alcohol.

TESTING SCHEDULE: Monday - Friday 08:30 - 15:30.  Turnaround time: 2 working days.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Gently massage the breast. When secretions occur, allow a small drop to accumulate on the nipple. Press the slide against the nipple to spread the drop. Immediately immerse the slide in 95% ethyl alcohol. Do not allow material to air dry. Make as many smears as secretions allow (maximum 10 slides). Slides must be labeled with patient's name at the collection site.

REFERENCE INTERVAL: Normal cells.